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Thirumalai -Same masala with different perspective
Dec 15, 2003 07:57 PM 4783 Views
(Updated Dec 15, 2003 07:57 PM)





Now I have a question that is an answer to the question in itself. Please don’t bother yourself with that petty line because, I needed a different way to start this review. To start with – Why did I like Thirumalai? Well I had this feeling that I may be disappointed but it turned out that sometimes it’s a good thing not to expect too much when you go for a movie. Sunday morning after dropping Flora at college (she goes to Sunday classes for Masters in Human Resource) I went to the church, thinking well; let me do some arm wrestling with God. I was just about to win, when God played a trick. He asked St. Michael to go down to my wife's college and charm Section B into doing a mass bunking and go for a movie. (I hope the principal of Loyola College reads this).

Coming back to arm wrestling me with God, well, I get a call from my wife asking me to come down to pick her up and go to a movie. I said that I would come down after I am thru with arm wrestling. Just then I heard the very discreet sound on the mobile. ''UUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMKMMCHHAAAAAAAAAAAAA'' Yes, that was a sloppy kiss from Flora, God wins the arm wrestle. Well God works mysteriously , He wanted me to go out to my wife and watch the movie, so I leave the Mass half way ( not to mention I lost in arm Wrestling) and go over and watch the movie with her. Well, I can’t argue with God can I.

So coming to story - There is this goody guy named Thirumalai (Vijay), a bike mechanic from Pudupet, Chennai - 600002. Thirumalai is not just an orphan brought up on the streets, but he is also a good guy with a clean heart (surf excel hai naa) and way too practical. Obviously it was impressively conveyed that the protagonist is out of this world and so is the movie. Well, I do agree with both, although reading other opinions on this movie says otherwise.

If Thirumalai isn’t racing bikes on East Coast Road or dancing on the streets or fighting with Arasu's men He is playing caroms right in front of Artist's (Raghuvarans) house. Raghuvaran and his wife Lakshmi (Kausalya) consider him as family. Now Arasu (Manoj.K.Jayan) is a villain who practically rules Chennai and fears no one. In fact people fear him and he capitalizes on that. Isn’t it enough that we in Chennai are facing problems with those who are already in power?

Now enters the female lead Shwetha(Jothika), who not just entered the screen, but enters the heart of our good guy Thirumalai. Shwetha's Father (Avinash) has zillions of channels and whose only aim in life was to destroy Arasu and to see his illeagal empire crumbling down under its weight. Where does the villian connect the Hero. Here goes.....

Like I said, Shwetha enters Thirumalai's life. He meets her on New Years Eve, when she gives him a chocolate (5 star) and said, ''Everything will be fine''. Well, things do turn out fine for our own Chennai superhero from Pudupet. So our guy goes over to her meditation center and expresses his love to her. She denies him outright. C'mon people, if she accepted in the first attempt of our Thirumalai’s proposal, how else should we know that he is of a golden heart. For this you must watch this.

Ok, she accepted his love. Now what, Everyone knows this fact that Hero naturally wins the love of the heroine. That is a fact, and traditional movie formulae, so don’t blame me here for revealing the suspense. No that the love part is taken care of, we have to now be focused on the villain. For Shwetha's dad, his reputation is more important than his rivalry. So he forgets the entire Feud with Arasu and hires his services to eliminate Thirumalai out of his way (his daughter’s way). What happens next ?? Watch and find out!!! (Ok I leave that to suspense here)

The cast performance was just good. And for Vijay, though there are some common trait you may find in acting skills, this role is something different. Jothika was just ok. Though there was nothing much she could do. The Vijay - Jothika pair is perfect. Contrary to their roles in the Movie Khushi, Vijay takes the limelight here. (nimbu mar ke). Raghuvaran is just as good with any role he does, Either as a friend, or a father, Villain. His presence is simply superb. Kausalya was just as good as Raghuvaran, and She looks pretty. Of course not as pretty as my wife.. But a pretty interesting role. Manoj and Avinash were quiet remarkable. Ok so what movie goes without comedy? I actually forgot about that totally. Vivek proved to be useless here. The only thing he tried to do was go for an interview and get his interview attempts foiled. Well it really wasnt necessary. The songs aren’t so impressive, but you can safely give 3/5 rating for that.

Reasons to watch / Pros

  1. Good dialogues - my apologies to non Tamil speaking audience.

If you even remotely understand Tamil, don’t miss the part when Thirumalai beats up Arasu's henchman and tells him, Why do you poke your nose in when I speak to the guy who is poking his nose into my love life.

  1. A lesson on love life. - Now even if you miss this movie, I will give you lessons for free. Just M2M me.

  2. Raghuvaran is somewhat like my role model (because he has done many roles). SO see it for Raghuvaran.

So please do leave your comments.

and Incase you are wondering what happened after I saw this movie, Well God actually punished both of us. while we were going back home, It rained like hell.. I meant like heavens poured. That was one punishment God has given us for walking out of church before the Mass got over. and As for the Arm wrestling with GOD.. All that was BS, Just like you need a reason to have Britannia Marie gold, I needed a reason to watch this one leaving the Sunday ritual at church halfway.

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